This little guy had a growth near his cloaca that weighed almost as much as he did. We removed it because it was getting larger and interfering with bowel movements.
Birds this size have little blood, so bleeding control (hemostasis) is critical. We removed it using the laser, taking advantage of its tremendous bleeding control and lack of post operative inflammation and pain control.
Graphic photos on this page.
Birds tend to be more sensitive to anesthesia than most mammals, so special precautions are taken to minimize the risk. We always perform pre-anesthetic diagnostic tests prior to surgery to make sure there are no internal problems.
We use special monitoring equipment during the surgery in all our recent surgeries
Lisa is just starting the anesthetic process. This bird will also have hot water bottles keeping it warm during the surgery
The growth is large for a bird this size, and has probably been there for months. Luckily it was benign.
When our patient is draped and under the proper plan of anesthesia we start the laser surgery
Half way through and there is no bleeding at all
No suture are needed, and healing will be complete in a few days, with no pain or post operative swelling